California Takes a Stand Against Gay and Trans Panic Defenses in Criminal Cases
August 28 2014 3:23 PM ET

California: Criminal Defendants Won't Be Able to Say This In Court

Michelle Garcia

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill into law that bars criminal defendants from using homophobic and transphobic arguments in court.

California May Revise Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents
August 15 2014 8:00 AM ET

California May Revise Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Mitch Kellaway

If passed, the new law would allow LGBT parents more freedom in describing their relationships to their children.

California Assembly Speaker Becomes First Gay Governor For A Few Hours
July 31 2014 3:19 PM ET

Calif. Assembly Speaker Is First Gay Governor (For A Few Hours)

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Three political absences made out California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins acting governor for a day.

California Becomes Easiest Place for Trans People to Amend Birth Certificates
July 02 2014 12:57 PM ET

California Is Now the Easiest Place to Amend Your Birth Certificate

Parker Marie Molloy

Passed last year, California's AB 1121 set up the framework for a more privacy-conscious environment for trans individuals trying to legally change their name and gender.

California: Gov. Appoints Gay Judges To Bench
July 01 2014 5:45 PM ET

California: Gov. Appoints Gay Judges To Bench

Michelle Garcia

Therese M. Stewart and James M. Humes are making history in California's judicial system.

PHOTOS: The Prop. 8 Wedding Five Years in the Making
June 30 2014 3:47 PM ET

PHOTOS: The Prop. 8 Wedding Five Years in the Making

Sunnivie Brydum

After a five-year fight to secure the freedom to marry the person they love, Prop. 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo exchanged vows before friends, family, and celebrities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday.

Supreme Court Upholds California's Ex-Gay Therapy Ban
June 30 2014 10:06 AM ET

Supreme Court Upholds California's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

Michelle Garcia

The Supreme Court declined to review two lawsuits brought forth by anti-LGBT organizations.

PHOTOS: Sacramento Pride Is So California
June 18 2014 4:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Sacramento Pride Is So California

Advocate.com Editors

Cheerleaders, Girl Scouts, and go-go boys — Sacramento Pride is a slice of California LGBT life.

California: Atkins Takes Top Legislative Spot As First Lesbian Speaker
June 08 2014 12:59 PM ET

Atkins Takes Top Legislative Spot As First Lesbian Calif. Speaker

Thom Senzee

Toni Atkins is now the second LGBT person to take one of California's most influential political posts.

Univ. of California Aims to Become More LGBT-Inclusive
June 04 2014 1:30 PM ET

Univ. of California Aims to Become More LGBT-Inclusive

Eliel Cruz

The suggestions from a two-year study of LGBT issues on campus include the creation of a bisexual workgroup, gender-neutral restrooms, and tax equity programs for staff in domestic partnerships.

WATCH: Openly Gay Mayor Elected in Long Beach, Calif.
June 04 2014 12:41 PM ET

WATCH: Openly Gay Mayor Elected in Long Beach

Sunnivie Brydum

Robert Garcia becomes the first openly gay and first Latino mayor of Los Angeles suburb Long Beach, Calif.

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Respect Trans People’s Gender on Death Certificates
June 02 2014 2:01 PM ET

Trans Activist's Death Inspires Bill's Passage in Calif. Assembly

Mitch Kellaway

The bill, which would ensure that a transgender person's accurate gender is listed on their death certificate, now heads to the State Senate.

Calif. Advances Bill Aimed at Stopping 'Gay Panic' Defense
May 30 2014 6:54 PM ET

Calif. Advances Bill Aimed at Stopping 'Gay Panic' Defense

Trudy Ring

The bill makes clear that a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is not sufficient reason to reduce a charge from murder to manslaughter.

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